Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice for Sunday services

Last updated: Friday 25 July

Before our eyes our nation has changed.  It’s an extraordinary time and each of us will have our own response to it. Amidst the disruption and chaos we can hold onto one truth: “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46).

It’s now over three months since we could last gather together to worship as the family of God. Many of you are quite rightly planning to stay away from the church buildings for some time yet. Others are longing to gather together to worship. Those who lead the church have as their goal to serve you to the best of their abilities with our wonderful but still limited resources of volunteers and helpers.

Midweek services from 27 July – including Holy Communion

All four churches remain open for private prayer at the times listed below. We also have three midweek services, including our first services of Holy Communion. We know many people have been looking forward to taking communion again. Thank you for being so patient as we have made preparations for restarting these services safely. The services this week are:

  • Tuesday 10.30am Morning Prayer (All Saints Marlow)
  • Wednesday 6.15pm Holy Communion (Lantern St Mary’s)
  • Thursday 11.00am Holy Communion (Little Marlow)

Please take note of new guidance from the Church of England: “We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus Covid-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.”

Even though we are putting measures in place to lessen the potential transmission of coronavirus within our buildings, there is still a risk to health. Therefore, please be aware of the following advice when considering whether to go to a church building for private prayer or a public service:

  • Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from Covid-19, including people aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
  • Those who are considered to be extremely clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 will have been advised to shield, but may now choose to gather in groups of up to six people outdoors and form a support bubble with another household; however, they are still advised not to attend an indoor place of worship.
  • Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend a place of worship due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household.
  • Where individuals are self-isolating due to a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19 in the household, or because they have been requested to so by NHS Test and Trace, they should not attend a place of worship.
  • On entering and leaving a church building, everyone should use the hand sanitiser that is freely available.
  • Within a church building, 2m social distancing measures should be adhered to.
  • We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those entering a church building.
  • A register of attendees will be recorded (including a phone number) and kept for 21 days to assist the NHS’s Test and Trace program, if required.

Private Prayer Opening Times

All Saints Bisham
Sundays, from 3-5pm

All Saints Marlow
Tuesdays, from 10.30am-1.30pm
Fridays, from 4-7pm

St Mary’s, Marlow Bottom (Lantern Community Church)
Wednesdays, from 4-7pm

St John the Baptist, Little Marlow
Thursdays, from 11am-1pm
Sundays, from 2.30-4.30pm

Pastoral Care

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to care for those who are in need – especially our older members and those with health conditions. If you are not sure who to contact or how to access pastoral support, we have set up a special hotline, just phone 07492 562366 or email peace@4u-team.org.

Meal deliveries

In partnership with others in the local community, we are able to offer free food deliveries. If you would like to nominate a vulnerable neighbour to receive a free meal, or if you would like to volunteer to be a delivery driver please email us at mealsfrommarlow@4u-team.org
NB: this is not just for church members, but for anyone in need in our community.

We are grateful for your support and would ask you to pray for the four churches in our team, that we may grow in worship, prayer, fellowship and mission through this testing time.